Dr Libby Byrne PhD, Dip VA, BEd, MAT, GDipTheol, AThR
My art making practice is a means to explore the questions of meaning and existence that provoke wonder and thus capture my attention. Within the studio I am seeking to discover ideas, images and experiences that will extend the way I think, perceive and respond to the questions. Within my practice I explore the narrative of that which is shared in the experience of being human, whilst seeking and sometimes finding the presence of God in those places. In this way, my studio practice is theology in the making.
As an Art Therapist I have been privileged to offer specialised support services for people to honour and reflect on life and death experiences in Palliative Care and Trauma Recovery. I am currently involved in the work of academic teaching in the Master of Art Therapy Program at La Trobe University. My PhD study with the University of Divinity was a Studio Based Theological Inquiry into ‘Healing Art and the Art of Healing’, with a focus on my experience of living with multiple sclerosis (MS).